Ancient Mariner Navy Rum 15 Year
Ancient Mariner // Trinidad & Tobago
For those that don't already know, for close to 300 years up until 1970, the Royal Navy would issue rum to its sailors in daily rations. Originally they would receive a pint per day which over time dwindled to about half a gill (70ml or about 2 oz.). This rum is a recreation of a Navy Rum sample they obtained. It was distilled at the now closed Caroni distillery in Trinidad and is aged for 15 years. It is bottled at cask strength of 108 proof. Available in the UK.
Navy RumAged rum that are often blends of rums from English-colonized countries such as Jamaica, Trinidad, British Guyana, and Barbados. Technically, navy-strength rums are 54.5% ABV or higher, though not all overproof rums are Navy Rums. Taste-wise, Navy Rums are usually rich and funky, and best used in Tiki drinks or punches.
"Wool, plastic, and camphor notes are some of what you'll find on the aroma of this rum along with some dried fruit, peanut shells, and woody notes. The palate shows much of the same and has a drying effect. The finish ends up on the burnt sugar side. All of these strange notes sound like they wouldn't work together, but kind of grow on you. Not one to sip if you're looking for an after-dinner drink, but one you should reach for when you make a Grog."
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